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NEO’s Bailey Forester qualifies for national semi-finals in equestrian

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Miami, Okla. – Monday, March 24, 2014 – Bailey Forester from Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College (NEO), recently qualified for the national semi-finals in equestrian. After the equestrian team’s final, regular season show Saturday, March 8, 2014, they had nine riders qualify for the regional show. However, when the dust settled, Forester qualified for the semi-finals. Forester will now compete in the advanced division March 29, 2014 in Findlay, Ohio.

“I’m really honored for the opportunity to compete at IHSA National Semi-Finals. I hope to represent the team well,” Forester said.

Riders have to place in the top two of their division to move on to the semi-final equestrian show.

“Competition was tough at Regionals,” said Equestrian Coach Chelsie Huseman. “There were 20 qualified riders in the intermediate division alone. Freshman Britani Disanti took fourth place out of those 20 intermediates. Although that didn’t qualify her for the semi-finals, it was an achievement worth noting, provided the judge had it narrowed down to five riders, including Britani, and he had to test their riding skills vigorously on the rail in an attempt to get them placed.”

In the end, the NEO equestrian team was the reserve high-point team for zone seven, region five.

“We were shooting for the region’s high-point team, but this year we narrowed the gap between us and our main competitors, which shows a significant improvement in our team’s efforts. It won’t be long before that honor is ours,” Huseman said.

Although the regular season is over, the NEO equestrian team still has some major events coming up. They are hosting a horsemanship clinic April 13, 2014 where area riders can come get instruction and practice to improve their skills in western riding.

The equestrian team will also be hosting a show April 26, 2014 for the interscholastic equestrian association (IEA), which is the middle school and high school version of the equestrian sport. Both events will take place at the NEO Indoor Arena and more information can be obtained by contacting Coach Huseman at chelsie.huseman@neo.edu or by phone at 918-540-6277.

Saturday’s Regular Season Show Results:

Open:

Mandie House-3rd horsemanship

Caitlin Dunsmore-6th horsemanship

Brooke Mareth-1st horsemanship

Bailey Forester-5th horsemanship, 4th reining

Martin Doustou-4th horsemanship, 5th reining

Advanced:

Taylor Shoemaker-2nd horsemanship

Brookelynn Baber-5th horsemanship

Novice:

Chelsea Landes-1st horsemanship

Sydney Reynolds-4th horsemanship

Taylor Clark-6th horsemanship

Aubrey-Ann Gilmore-4th horsemanship

Intermediate II:

Britani Disanti-2nd horsemanship

Whitney Force-4th horsemanship

Emily Akins-1st horsemanship

Kelsey Matthews-3rd horsemanship

Katie Weldon-5th horsemanship

Emily Rice-2nd horsemanship

Beginner:

Bree Oyler-2nd horsemanship

Sunday’s Regional Show:

Open:

Mandie House-5th horsemanship

Advanced:

Caitlin Dunsmore-3rd horsemanship

Bailey Forester-2nd horsemanship

Intermediate:

Britani Disanti-4th horsemanship

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